LAWMA, task force destroy newspaper distribution centre

Personnel of the Lagos Waste Management Authority, led by one Gbenga Oladokun, on Wednesday, allegedly mobilised hoodlums and men of the Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit to pull down a newspaper distribution centre on No. 370 Ikorodu Road, Maryland.

Two newspaper distributors, Arnold Igele and Tunde Ogunlaja, were reportedly arrested, as the structure was pulled down on the instructions of Oladokun

Igele, however, denied the accusation and informed the official that street sweepers working in the area dumped the refuse from where agents conveyed same to a landfill.

The distributor said, “While still discussing with him, he started taking photographs of us and because I sensed that he might write a report contrary to what happened, I brought out my phone and took their photographs too so as to have evidence for my report as well.

“But he forced me to delete the pictures and said I was rude; he called the task force personnel and thugs.

The LAWMA spokesperson, Hakeem Akinyele, said the distributors had been warned on several occasions to stop dumping refuse at the location.

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